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  • Chapel Down, Kent - Vineyards - Kit's Coty Vineyard Poppies

    Chapel Down, Kent - Vineyards - Kit's Coty Vineyard PoppiesChapel Down, Kent - Vineyards - Kit's Coty Vineyard Poppies
  • Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Visitor Centre - tasting

    Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Visitor Centre - tasting
  • Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Visitor Centre - tasting

    Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Visitor Centre - tasting
  • Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Brewery tour - vehicles

    Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Brewery tour - vehicles
  • Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Visitor Centre - tour

    Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent - Visitor Centre - tour
  • Upper West Street, Faversham

    Upper West Street, Faversham
  • Canterbury cathedral - pink flowers, Kent ©Canterbury Cathedral

    Canterbury cathedral - pink flowers, Kent ©Canterbury Cathedral
  • Chapel Down, Kent - Winery - Main Entrance

    Chapel Down, Kent - Winery - Main Entrance
  • Chapel Down, Kent - Winery - Head Winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire

    Chapel Down, Kent - Winery - Head Winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire
  • Kent Life, Kent - Tractor

    Kent Life, Kent - Tractor
  • Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness

    Photo credit: Paul Winch-FurnessPhoto credit: Paul Winch-Furness
  • Hush Heath Winery, Kent

    Hush Heath Winery, Kent
  • Hush Heath Winery, Kent

    Hush Heath Winery, Kent
  • The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells ©Visit Kent/All Rights Reserved

    The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells
  • Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent - Exterior with lake © David Hares

    Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent - Exterior with lake © David Hares
  • Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent - Interior Guildhall Mall ©David Hares

    Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent - Interior Guildhall Mall
5 day tour
From £319 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Who needs Champagne, when we have fabulous fizz on our doorstep!

Thanks to a unique micro-climate Kent now produces award-winning sparkling wines that rival the French masters. The awareness and interest in English sparkling wine is growing steadily, and on this tour you can visit two innovative wineries, Chapel Down and Hush Heath. Kent has a rich history and tradition of producing high-quality alcoholic beverages, and on this tour we also call into Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer. Because you are on a coach you can indulge in the beer and wine tastings without worrying about a designated driver! Other tempting highlights include Brogdale National Fruit Collection, heritage farm park Kent Life, and free time in Faversham and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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Dates

Dates throughout 2022 & 2023


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

Depending on where you are travelling from we can recommend a lunch stop.

Day 2

Shepherd Neame Brewery and Brogdale National Fruit Collection

Arrive in the Faversham where there is time to browse the traditional street market before your brewery tour at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer. Here we learn about the art of brewing with chances to taste the mineral water from the on-site well and smell locally grown hops. Discover the past in the Old Brewery store with its historic delivery vehicles, bygone pub signs and end the tour with a tutored tasting of fine Kentish ales and speciality lagers.

Afternoon option  1 – In the afternoon we visit Brogdale, home to the National Fruit Collection, the largest collection of fruit trees in the world. We take a guided orchard tour of the seasonal fruit collections (June – strawberries, berries and currants/ September – apples, pears, quince, medlars.)

Afternoon option 2 – If that sounds a bit fruity then after Shepherd Neame there is the option to have a 2-course lunch at The Foundry, a unique microbrewery and restaurant located in the heart of Canterbury. Spend the rest of the afternoon in the historic town centre including a guided tour of the iconic Cathedral. £21 supplement per person.

Day 3

Chapel Down Winery and Kent life

Chapel Down is one of Kent’s award winning sparkling wine producers, with rumours that their wine was served at Will’s and Kate’s wedding! Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and winery where we learn about the history of English wine, the vineyard cycle and the intricacies of the traditional method of sparkling wine production. To complete the experience we take part in a tutored tasting of their award-winning range of wines.

Our next stop is Kent Life. Here we can explore the collection of historic buildings, stroll through the gardens, meet the resident animals, or take a time out in Dotty’s Tea Room.

Day 4

Hush Heath Winery and Royal Tunbridge Wells

Hidden away in beautiful Kent countryside near Staplehurst, the Estate produces one of England’s most iconic and exclusive sparkling wines using the traditional method, Balfour Brut Rose. The Estate boasts an exquisite selection of wines and ciders all produced from fruit grown in our beautiful vineyards and apple orchards, some of which are served first class on British Airways!

On our visit we enjoy a self-guided walk; picking up a map from one of the team at the Cellar Door on arrival. With two specially designed routes to choose from, explore our picturesque 400-acre Estate at your own pace with a stroll through our beautiful vineyards, apple orchards, wildflower meadows and ancient oak woodlands. Upon returning to our tasting room and spacious outside terrace, sample three Balfour wines. There is also the opportunity to purchase the wines at the on-site shop.

In the afternoon we call into Royal Tunbridge Wells, the charming historic town that was a favourite of Queen Victoria.

Day 5

Return home via Bluewater

Today we return home via Bluewater, one of the largest shopping centres in Britain. Completely undercover with ample coach parking and full accessibility, there are over 300 stores, including big names like John Lewis and specialist food stores, and 50 restaurants to discover. All groups are offered a VIP booklet with discounted offers for certain shops.


Featured Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in February 2018

Holiday Inn Ashford-North ***

Located just off the M20, the Holiday Inn offers 92 bedrooms which all have an en-suite bathroom, TV, Tea & Coffee making facilities, Hairdryer and Iron/Ironing Board. The hotel does not have a lift but is only over 2 floors and has plenty of ground floor rooms. Parking is available on-site.

Mercure Brands Hatch ****

Fancy something a bit different? Live life in the fast lane at this modern and airy hotel, located next door to the famous race track. You can catch up on the tracks racing history in the hotel bar which is jam-packed with memorabilia. There are 121 contemporary bedrooms. Guests should be aware there is no lift access for rooms on higher floors. There is ample coach parking and a full leisure club on site which is free for hotel guests.

Please note

Safety Precautions – Sensible closed toe shoes must be worn. Due to the nature of the premises featured in this tour there are uneven inside and outside surfaces and steep steps. In most cases virtual tours can be provided with prior notice.

Itinerary may be subject to change due to attraction availability.


Dates  5 days / 4 nights
2022 dates  From £319.00 per person
2023 dates  From £369.00 per person

 

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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